CRR RICE FARMERS PRESIDENT RE-ARRESTED

Abdoulie G. Dibba

The President of the Rice Farmers’ Cooperative Ltd., Haruna Gassama who was released on Thursday, 3 September, 2015, after Haronabeing held for 185 days incommunicado at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) headquarters in Banjul, has been re-arrested again on Saturday, 23 April, 2016 after returning from his rice field.

According to a family source, Haruna was arrested again by plain clothes officers around 1pm at his home in Darsilami and taken to the Brikamaba police station and later to Janjanbureh prison.

The source added that Haruna’s motor bike was also taken to the Brikamaba police station.

The family source stated that they do not know why Haruna was arrested and his motor bike parked at the Brikamaba police station.

Mr. Gassama, who was elected unopposed as president at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the rice farmers’ cooperative held at the Brikamaba School ground on 5 January, 2012, was arrested on 2 March 2015 the very day when an official from the Sheriff Division of the High Court came to Lower Fulladu District to execute the order of the judgment delivered on the 12 January 2015 in favour of the plaintiff (Mr. Gassama) and his newly elected committee and detained for 185 days without access to family members or lawyer.